Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary

Entry-Level Dental Hygienists take home approximately $30.39 per hour on average. Final cash compensation to Entry-Level Dental Hygienists varies from around $40K to approximately $82K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $6K, respectively. Geographic location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Around two in five receive medical and dental insurance and one in six get vision insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,078 - $70,818
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$30K
$50K
$71K
MEDIAN: $49,911
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$21.84 - $39.92
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$30
$40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,078 - $70,818  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,640  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,624  
Commission
$2,900  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,473 - $82,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 792
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$21.84 - $39.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10  
Overtime
$3.00 - $59.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,640  
   
Commission
$2,900  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,624  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,473 - $82,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,971
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Pacific Dental Services Incorporated attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $75K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Aspen Dental — median pay is $57K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $47K and only reaching $67K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,807

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists that is 43 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Dental Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+19 percent), Portland (+18 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Houston (+17 percent). In Jacksonville, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (5 percent lower) and Los Angeles (3 percent lower).

Dental Hygienist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dental Hygienist in Seattle:
"Basics."
All the information you learn during school comes down to some basic important items to look for and discuss with patient.

Dental Hygienist in Forest Grove:
"Don't Give Up."
You will be stressed with the time limit you have, but don't give up. Know what you are worth and what you are capable of and own it. Be confident and compassionate. Be patient with yourself and don't give up. Everything will come in time and you will get better and better!

Dental Hygienist in Pasadena:
"Some people have gross mouths but if you can deal , good job."
Find a good office/doctor and make it a home long term.

Dental Hygienist in Temecula:
"Communication."
The hardest part of dental hygiene is patient communication and diagnosis. The learning curve is about two to three years.

Dental Hygienist in Beaverton:
"Don't Become Complacent."
If you continue to get raises within the first 5-6 years you will hit the ceiling for wages. Doctors typically do not like to give raises beyond a certain point. Negotiate vacation packages and 401K and other benefits to compensate. Consider that you will have a short career working full time. Working as a dental hygienist is an ergonomic nightmare. When you were warned about injuries in college it is no joke. I have been working as a hygienist for 10 years and every senior hygienist that works full time (and does a great job) has some form of work related injury. We do not get scheduled breaks. Consider working part time for career longevity. It's a great occupation, however, very hard on your body. Be proactive in continuing your education after graduation. Everything changes in the medical world. We are always advancing. It is up to us to stay abreast of the latest technology. The doctors will know if you are no longer on board and are stuck in the stone age.

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Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

Anesthesia
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Periodontics
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Patient Education
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Radiology
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National Average
$62,000

Bilingual
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 355 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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